WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2010
JU announces Justin Miles as head men’s and women’s tennis coach
Bringing over nine years of Division I coaching experience, the JU athletic department announced Justin Miles as the new head coach for the men’s and women’s tennis programs Wednesday.

Miles joins the Dolphins after a nine-year stint at the helm of the Georgia Southern men’s tennis team where he guided the Eagles to seven Southern Conference quarterfinal appearances. He will replace former head coach Shane Wood, who has moved back to his previous position with Piedmont College.

“I am pleased to find someone of the caliber of Justin to head our tennis programs” said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. “He has great experience and is already known and connected in the Jacksonville tennis community. I’m excited about working with Justin to build our tennis programs into championship producing teams.”

Miles has coached two Southern Conference “Freshman of the Year” recipients, one Academic All-American and eight All-Southern Conference honorees. Under his watch, the Eagles have recorded three 10-win campaigns and two nine-win seasons.

Over the past nine seasons, Miles has seen his teams excel in the classroom, earning the team GPA award among all Georgia Southern athletics men’s teams on eight occasions.

“I would like to thank Alan Verlander and Marsha Haskew for giving me this opportunity at Jacksonville University,” said Miles. “I am very impressed with the vision of the athletics department and the support for tennis. I am happy to be chosen to lead the tennis programs and I look forward to getting started on the courts with the teams.”

Prior to his time with the Eagles, Miles served as the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Morehead State for two seasons where he helped guide the men’s team to a 33-19 record.

A two-year letterwinner at Eastern Illinois, Miles spent one season with his alma mater as an undergraduate coach while his playing career with the Panthers included a selection to the institution’s all-academic squad.

With a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Moorehead State, Miles has served as a tennis professional in Illinois and has spent numerous summers teaching and directing camps in the Chicago area.